Whatsapp is reportedly testing a new feature that would restrict users to take a screenshot of the chats if they enable authentication feature in the app.
According to Wabetainfo, the world’s biggest messaging app is working to introduce the new feature and may roll out it soon.
In order to stop others from taking screenshots of chats, the user must enable the fingerprint authentication feature.
The step is taken to enhance the safety and security of the app users.
Meanwhile, the social media is abuzz with reports that Whatsapp will introduce a feature to allow the users verify the source of the image shared to them and check the authenticity of the images, in an attempt to curb the spread of unsubstantiated misinformation.
Islamabad, Pakistan | Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has expressed sorrow over the incident of fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris.
In a tweet on Tuesday, he said Pakistan stands with the people of France in this hour of grief. He said our thoughts and prayers are with people of France.
The minister said Notre-Dame Cathedral belongs to human heritage, and pain of this tragic incident is felt by everyone.
Our thoughts and Prayers are with people of France, Norte Dame Cathedral belongs to human heritage, pain of this tragic incident is felt by everyone .. Pakistan Stands with People of France in this hour of grief.... https://t.co/vWWpcpvSCp
Geneva, Switzerland (AFP) | Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.
Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates.
"Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years," it said in a statement.
"While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases," WHO further said.
The agency noted that only about one in 10 actual measles cases are reported, meaning the early trends for 2019 likely underestimate the severity of the outbreaks.
So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to WHO. At this time last year, 163 countries had reported 28,124 cases.
"Spikes in case numbers have also occurred in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States," WHO said.
"The disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people," it added.
New York´s mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn last week, after a measles outbreak emerged in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, where some had resisted vaccination on religious grounds.
WHO said that the most dramatic rise in cases -- a 700-percent increase compared to last year -- has been reported in Africa, which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.
Paris, France (USA Today) | A fire is ravaging the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during the most significant week of the year in the Catholic Church.
It's Holy Week.
Catholics should be commemorating Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection in its pews at Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. Instead, a massive inferno is threatening to destroy the culturally and religiously significant icon for good.
The timing of the blaze immediately struck the Very Rev. John Hammond, a Nashville priest and who has celebrated Mass at the revered cathedral and played its famous pipe organ. The more than 850-year-old Gothic structure is the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Paris and a functioning church, he said.
"This is going to be an even greater struggle for the people of Paris who would normally be flocking to the cathedral for these very special liturgies this week," Hammond said.
The cause of the fire is not immediately known, but officials say it could be linked to the $6.8 million renovation work that was in progress at Notre Dame cathedral.
As the news of the fire spread to the U.S., Notre Dame University in Indiana clarified on its official Twitter account that it was the Paris cathedral, not their campus that was on fire.
But the distance did not make the blaze any less shocking to Krupali Krusche, a historical preservation expert and professor at the university. She and her fourth-year architecture students were streaming live footage of the blaze in their University of Notre Dame classroom.
"It's a major loss to humanity and to the citizens of France and to everybody else," Krusche said. "To us as conservationists, of people that work on treasuring major sites like this, this is a sad day."
Krusche, who has documented world heritage sites for moments like this, could tell from the online videos that the damage would be extensive from this fire.
"Those flames that are happening at the cathedral right now, it's the level where stone starts melting," Krusche said. "A fire of this size especially during the restoration process of the cathedral is going to be starting from scratch in many, many ways."
Students from the Indiana college visit Paris every year, Krusche said. In two weeks, a group in the university's Rome program were supposed to travel to the city and study Notre Dame. Those plans will now have to be reconsidered, she said.
People connect with Notre Dame on multiple levels, Krusche said. It's religiously and architecturally significant, but it also has an impact on the beauty in the world, she said.
It resonates with anyone who wants to study Gothic architectural traditions and it also represents the highest level of cathedral design, she said.
"Religiously, as a piece of architecture that signifies Catholic tradition to its highest, it is one of the key monuments out there," Krusche said.
Anna Harrison, an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles who is taking a class of about a dozen students to Paris this summer, said the cathedral has held deep meaning for Catholics over the centuries.
Her goal was to "try to understand how medieval Christians would have occupied the space, the role it played in their larger devotional life." Particularly then, when the cathedral towered over the city, "it must have stimulated a sense of awe," Harrison said.
The Medieval Thought and Practice class had planned to pay particular attention not only to the architecture but the statues and stained glass. She added that the cathedral "communicates a beautiful dimension of human beings" and that it also marks "dazzling feats of architectural engineering."
Nora Heimann, the chair of the Art Department at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., said she has led more than 20 tours to Notre Dame and Paris’ other significant churches.
"I am heartbroken at the devastation of today's fire," she said in an email. "It is hard to imagine how much history has been lost in today's conflagration."
“For me, it’s a very personal thing,” said Heimann of her visits to Notre Dame. She said she is moved by the way stones have worn from the legions of pilgrims who have called on the church over the centuries. Though it is a tourist destination, she said she has worshiped there and come to hear musical performances. “For me, I felt the history of the place.”
Hammond, who is the pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Nashville and a vicar general for the local diocese, remembers feeling the significance of Notre Dame when he celebrated Mass with a group of visiting pilgrims at the cathedral a couple years ago.
"It was an incredible experience," Hammond said. "You're surrounded by not only such a magnificent building in terms of its architecture but just the history, the centuries and centuries of the worship of God sort of are they're in the air. They kind of seep out of the walls."
"It's a very special place. It's one of those places that you feel sort of timeless," Hammond said.
AFP | More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced "acute hunger" last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the UN said Tuesday.
Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its 2019 global report on food crises.
Launched three years ago, the annual study takes stock of the countries facing the greatest difficulties.
African states were "disproportionally" affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger, the FAO´s emergencies director Dominique Bourgeon told AFP on Tuesday.
Conflict and insecurity remained key factors, along with economic turbulence and climate-related shocks like drought and floods, the report found.
In countries on the verge of famine, "up to 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture. They need both emergency humanitarian aid for food and measures to help boost agriculture," Bourgeon said.
The report highlighted the strain put on countries hosting large numbers of refugees, including neighbouring nations of war-torn Syria as well as Bangladesh, which has received more than a million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
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The FAO said it also expected the number of displaced people to increase "if the political and economic crisis persists in Venezuela" which is likely to declare a food emergency this year.
Bourgeon said he was concerned by the "important and significative rise" in poverty in Venezuela, as it grapples with dire economic and living conditions worsened by an ongoing political crisis.
Globally, the study noted that the overall situation slightly improved in 2018 compared to 2017 when 124 million people suffered acute hunger.
The drop can partially be attributed to the fact that some countries in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region, for instance, were less affected by weather disasters that had struck in previous years.
However, the FAO warned that the year-on-year trend of more than 100 million people facing famine was unlikely to change in the face of continued crises.
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria all suffered bad droughts in 2018, which severely impacted agricultural output.
The FAO also stressed that "high levels of acute and chronic malnutrition in children living in emergency conditions remained of grave concern".